CSA Event Announced

High Branch Brewing and Cabarrus Farm and Food Council (CCFFC) will host their second annual Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) event on Thursday, February 13 from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewing Co., 325 McGill Ave. This is a drop-in event, so feel free to stop in and visit with farmers/producers anytime during the evening.

WANTED: Farmers and producers who have a Spring CSA that want to share information at the event. There is no charge to have a table. Please contact High Branch at 704-706-3807 to register.

Food is Medicine Part II

We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to Food is Medicine Part I with Chef Allison, we have added a Part II.

Chef Mark Allison will continue his presentation on how whole foods helped his family through two chronic illnesses: diabetes and cancer. Attendees will also learn: simple steps to improve eating habits; basic cooking techniques; exercise modification; and new recipes.

Returning and new audience members are welcome. However, preregistration is required and has been capped, so early registration is recommended.

Date:                    Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time:                    6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location:             Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), 300 Mooresville, Rd., Kannapolis

Registration:      Use the link below to register. Again, registration will be capped, so please register early. Registration Link

Raffle:   We will have a small raffle with a few items to help us offset the meeting cost. It will be cash only for those who wish to participate.

Food Collection: We ask those who can to bring a few non-perishable food items to the meeting.

Book Signing:    If you wish to purchase Chef Allison’s cookbook, “3 boys and a chef” on Amazon in advance of the meeting, Chef Allison will be available after the meeting to sign your copy. Book Link 

Thank you to our partners, CHA and RCCC, for their help in putting on these wonderful events.

CCFFC Oct Meeting: Food is Medicine

Join us as Chef Mark Allison presents how whole foods helped his family through two chronic illnesses: diabetes and cancer. The October Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council’s meeting will be held in conjunction with Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC).
When: Thurs, October 10 from 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: RCCC South Campus, 1531 Trinity Church Rd., Room 106, Concord
Registration is full at this time. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email “contact us”.

CCFFC July 11 Meeting At Dover Vineyards

We are excited to announce our July Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council meeting will be at Dover Vineyards, 3600 Concord Parkway in Concord, hosted by Elizabeth Ann Dover on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m.
Come sample seasonal, local food from Dover Farmstand.
Reservations are required. Just a few spots remain, so please register soon. See the link below to register. Note, money will not be collected on Eventbrite but will be collected onsite.

School Gardens: How to Start and Use Gardens for Teaching Curriculum

Join the Cabarrus Farm and Food Council for their March meeting about School Gardens with Doug Vernon, Extension Outreach Specialist at NC State University. The meeting is Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewing Company, 325 McGill Ave., Concord. Those who feel inclined are invited to bring a snack to share.

Sustainable Farming Film Event

If you missed the Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council’s Sustainable film showing in October due to the hurricane, here’s your chance to see clips from the film and listen to observations from Thomas Moore, CCFFC chair. Or come and see the film again and share your observations!

Concord Wildlife Alliance
Tuesday, March 5th at 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Rd.
There is no cost to attend

CCFFC–CSA Sign Up February 21

If you love fresh produce but don’t have the space or time for a garden, a CSA share is a great way to go! A CSA or Community Support Agriculture share provides the consumer with fresh food weekly from a local farmer for a set length of time, typically 12 weeks. The Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council’s February meeting is a wonderful opportunity to meet local farmers, to learn more about them and what they produce, and to purchase goods or a CSA share on the spot!

The meeting is Thursday, February 21st at an earlier time, 5 to 7 pm at High Branch Brewing in Concord. Come any time during that time frame to visit with: Barbee Farms, Coldwater Creek Farms, Dover Vineyards and Farm, Green Meadows Acres, Phoenix Farms (Succulents grown by Keaton Newton), and Street Fare Farms.

Even if you are not able to make the event, please take a second to share the event on your Facebook page, so we have as many attendees as possible to purchase CSAs from our farmer vendors. If you are attending, please also click “Going” on the event page.


We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Happy New Year and Upcoming January Meeting

Make a new year’s resolution to buy more local food! Join us for a panel discussion on Overcoming Barriers to Eating Locally Grown and Raised Food on Thursday, January 10th from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewery, 325 McGill Ave. Panel members include: Lauren Hill, Horticultural Agent for Cabarrus County; Brent Barbee of Barbee Farms; Wade Holland of Piedmont Farmer’s Market; and Joe Rowland of Rowland’s Row Farm.

And mark your calendar for our February Meet the Farmers event, February 21st from 6 to 8 pm to learn more about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).

Gift Ideas for Family and Friends Who Love to Garden

Rowan Cabarrus Community College offers from the first time the Family Food Garden Series, a series of 10 different one night classes designed for those who want to learn more about gardening and everything associated with it. Classes are:

  • From the Windowsill to the Garden: Starting Plants from Seed
  • A Cut Above: Pruning Fruit Trees for Better Health & Production
  • Where Can I Plant Tomatoes? Garden Planning for the Complete Beginner
  • The Family Food Garden: More Fresh Food from the Home Landscape
  • Good Neighbors: Companion Planting for a Healthier Garden
  • Something’s Eating My Plants–A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Common Garden Pests
  • Go Forth and Multiply: Plant Propagation
  • Good Soil: A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing
  • Leaves Make Great Tomatoes: Home Composting
  • An Apple a Day:  Fruit Plants for a Healthy Family

Registration is $25 per course. Classes are scheduled once a month on Mondays from 6:30-9:30 pm at Lomax Farm, Concord, NC.  For more details see RCCC website.


Your Invited: CCFFC Annual Holiday Party

CCFFC invites friends of the council to join us for our Annual Holiday Party, Thursday, December 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. at High Branch Brewing Company, Concord. Our friends from CFSA and Lomax Farm will be joining us as well. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing information on our 2019 first-quarter meetings.